- The definition of a la carte is a list of items on a menu which are priced separately.
A baked potato on a menu is an example of an a la carte item.
- A la carte is defined as ordering individual side dishes instead of an entree selection.
Ordering chips and a pickle instead of getting a whole meal is an example of ordering a la carte.
a la carte definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French à la carte, literally , by the bill of fare
a la carte definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also a la carteadverb & adj.
Origin: French : à, by + la, the + carte, menu.